The former Jam star’s last studio offering was 2010’s Wake Up The Nation, a record that stunned critics and fans alike with its combination of Weller-styled dad-rock staples and some of his most daring music in ages – it even featured a collaboration with My Bloody Valentine’s sonic pioneer Kevin Shields. With a back catalogue to die for – Stanley Road, The Style Council – as well as the odd Jam classic, his set at this gig will be one not to miss.
Support on the evening comes from ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, whose solo career has shown his love for the Modfather – see the distinctly Jam-esque Freakin’ Out off 2004’s Happiness In Magazines, for example – as well as punk and indie. One of this country’s most talented guitarists, his ear for a melody marks him as Weller’s successor, their careers, from celebrated bands through solo success, echoing one another’s in many ways.
Tim Minchin, the UK-born, Australia-bred comedian, joins the dots between the music and comedy, his own particular brand of well-observed weirdness known for effortlessly fusing the two. As skilled a musician as he is comedic performer, Minchin’s oeuvre is a rare beast, as anyone who caught his tour with the Heritage Orchestra can testify. Jo Brand will also be on hand to serve up her own fiery feminine observations. But above all, remember to dig deep, it’s for a good cause, and your money will go directly to helping those in need on the streets.
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
Tues, Dec 20 | Doors at 7pm | £39.50-£70